Alex Tuch, William Karlsson, Deryk Engelland and Reilly Smith grabbed some tools on Friday afternoon and officially began the conversion of the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Downtown Summerlin into Wolfgang Puck Players Locker.
The four Golden Knights, who along with Shea Theodore are partnered with Puck on the project, performed some symbolic demolition of the private dining room as guests ate in the restaurant. Tuch then lead a tour of the kitchen, lounge and main dining room, pointing out some cosmetic changes that are planned.
One of the highlights of the new space will be private lockers where “members” can store personal bottles of high-end spirits.
“We wanted this concept to be almost an attraction, for the normal person to come in and you can look and see (what’s in the lockers),” Tuch explained.
In addition to members of the Golden Knights, Tuch revealed that team owner Bill Foley, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and basketball great Shaquille O’Neal will all have their own lockers.
For his locker, Tuch has a bottle of pricey Louis XIII Cognac he plans to stash there, along with “some other nice bottles.”
While the Knights right wing was fairly tight-lipped about the menu that chef Daniel Stramm is creating, he did reveal one dish that he insisted be included. It’s called the Tuch Reuben, and he promises it will be a “sloppy, greasy, full-of-sauerkraut corned beef Reuben that’s really hearty.”
“The Reuben is my favorite sandwich in the world,” the Syracuse, New York, native explained. “The dressing actually comes from upstate New York. It’s called the Thousand Island dressing, and I have a cottage in the Thousand Islands.”
When asked about customers who might want something a bit healthier, he said they won’t be disappointed.
“It’s a very healthy menu. There are going to be the original kind of bar menu items: chicken wings, stuff like that. But we (will) offer vegan options. It’s Wolfgang Puck, so it is going to be high quality food.”
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will close to accommodate the renovations at 3 p.m. Sunday. It’s expected to reopen as Wolfgang Puck Players Locker on Jan. 25.